Entries by Youth First


Healthy Friendships

By Kaitlyn Meredith, MSW, Youth First, Inc. – March 12, 2019 Healthy Friendships By Kaitlyn Meredith, Youth First, Inc. When you think of friendship, what comes to mind? Is it someone that you do homework with? Is it someone that is there for you when the going gets tough? Maybe it’s that person who cheers […]


Electronics: The Modern-Day Playground

By Beth Greene, MSW, LSW – March 5, 2019 Technology is the norm in our society today. One in three children learns to use an electronic device before they learn to talk. Does your child get angry when you mention that an electronic device could be taken away as a punishment? Technology addiction is not […]


Change Your Food; Change Your Mood

By Lisa Cossey, LCSW, February 26, 2019 – Most of us have heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” Recent research into food and the effects it has on the body and mind now have us saying, “Change your food, change your mood.” Our brains are made of many neural pathways, transmitters, and chemicals […]


Raising a Feminist Son

By Brooke Skipper, LCSW, February 19, 2019 – The word feminism is often criticized by society. There are many who may not even read an article with the word feminism in the title. In all actuality, feminism is defined as equality of the sexes. At its core, feminism just means believing we are all equal […]


Raising Independent Children

By Amy Steele, LCSW, LAC, RPT, February 12, 2019 – Independence and self-reliance are valuable skills to equip children with as they grow. We want them to be able to take care of themselves and not have to rely on others meet their needs.  To nurture and develop those skills we have to start early […]


Why Do We Need Manners?

By Katherine S. Baker, LCSW, January 29, 2019 – It appears to me that good manners seem to be lacking these days.  Many of us were taught from childhood how to be polite.  We learn to say please and thank you, how to be respectful to our elders, how to be nice to other children […]

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2019 Passport to Adventure Auction

Youth First’s 17th annual Passport to Adventure Auction will be held on April 11, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom in downtown Evansville, IN. The doors will open at 4:00pm. The silent auction will begin at 5pm and the live auction will take place at 7pm. Light refreshments will be available throughout the evening. CLICK […]


Helping Children Cope with Upsetting News

By Jaclyn Durnil, MSW, January 15, 2019 – Telling a child that someone has died can be difficult. Most children are aware of death, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they understand it. Children may have seen someone die on television or in a movie, or some of their friends may have lost a loved one. […]


Music on the Brain

By Callie Sanders, LSW, January 8, 2019 – Music is a universal language. It is the gateway for optimal brain health, longevity, and happiness. In the world of research, neuromusicology explores the nervous system’s response to music and how it activates every part of the brain. Studies performed on musicians reveal significant brain health and […]